-- Net Sales increase 30% to $4.6 billion
-- Agricultural equipment +29% to $3.6 billion
-- Construction equipment +36% to $1 billion
-- Equipment Operations Operating Profit of $460 million, an increase of 92%
-- Operating Margin increased to 10.0% compared to 6.8% in Q3 2010
-- EPS before exceptional items of $1.13 per share, compared to $0.43 per share in 2010
BURR RIDGE, ILL., October 27, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — CNH Global N.V. announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. For the quarter, net sales increased 30% (26% on a constant currency basis) to $4.6 billion as agricultural equipment markets continue to perform well across the Group's geographical portfolio and the construction equipment market continues its recovery. Equipment Operations posted an Operating Profit of $460 million as a result of this increased equipment demand (with resulting increases in industrial utilization) and improved net pricing.
Net equipment sales for the quarter were 77% from agricultural equipment and 23% from construction equipment. The geographical distribution of revenue for the period was 42% North America, 29% EAME & CIS, 17% Latin America, and 12% APAC markets.
Year to date capital expenditures totaled $218 million, a 42% increase from the comparable prior period largely as a result of new product launches in both the agricultural and construction equipment segments: 73% of the capital spend in the period was on new products and production capacity. Equipment Operations generated $390 million of operating cash flow during the first nine months of the year as net sales levels and operating performance more than offset the increased net working capital needed to support business activity. CNH's Equipment Operations ended the period with a net cash position of $2.3 billion. The 31% effective tax rate for the third quarter 2011 is in line with the Group's full year expectations of 32% to 38% for 2011.
Net income before restructuring and exceptional items for the quarter was $272 million as a result of improved top line and industrial operating performance, better results from the Group's unconsolidated subsidiaries and affiliates, and a lower comparable tax rate. This resulted in the Group generating a significant increase in diluted earnings per share to $1.13 (before restructuring and exceptional items) compared to $0.43 per share in the comparable period of 2010.
2011 Full Year Market Outlook
Demand in the agricultural and construction equipment markets is expected to remain firm for the balance of 2011 on the back of a positive environment in agricultural commodity prices and the consequent increase in planting and farming income estimates. Further, the environment for construction equipment continues to improve overall with the exception of the APAC region where the demand environment has begun to slow from its significant growth trajectory over the past 36 months.
FY 2011 World Wide Unit Growth Forecast Agricultural equipment demand up approximately 10% Construction equipment demand up 20-25%
2011 CNH Earnings Outlook CNH re-affirms the upper end of its full year 2011 guidance for revenue growth of 15-20% and operating margin of 7.1% to 7.9%.
Agricultural Equipment Industry and Market Worldwide agricultural industry unit sales increased 12% compared to the third quarter of 2010. Global tractor sales grew 12% while global combine sales grew 16% for the quarter. North American tractor sales were flat, with the over 40 horsepower segment up 3%, and combine sales down 15%. Latin America sales of tractors decreased 9% and combine sales increased 56%. EAME & CIS markets improved for the quarter, with tractor sales up 25% and combines sales up 85%. APAC markets were up 14% in tractor sales and up 36% in combine sales.
CNH Agricultural Equipment Third Quarter Results CNH's net sales in the agricultural equipment sector increased 29% for the quarter (24% on a constant currency basis) as a result of solid trading conditions in every region. Net sales in the EAME & CIS markets continued their positive growth trajectory with reported revenue up 51% on the back of firm demand across all product segments. As a result of this increased unit volume in Europe and the CIS, comparative industrial capacity utilization in the region increased driving positive cost absorption. This benefit coupled with improved price realization and favorable product mix (to larger horsepower tractor and combine segments) resulted in a 3.0 percentage point increase in comparative operating margin to 11.5% for the period.
Third quarter tractor market share performance continues to be positive in Europe, in line with the market in the over 40 horsepower segment in North America (on the back of solid demand for the Tier 4A/Stage IIIB compliant equipment).
CNH also gained market share in Latin America despite an overall unit volume decline. Overall tractor market share was slightly down driven by the under 40 horsepower segment in North America and the highly fragmented low horsepower APAC markets. Combine market share improved in every region during the quarter. Industrial production and retail sales continue to be closely aligned during the period with resulting company and dealer inventory levels remaining largely unchanged.
In Europe, New Holland Agriculture confirmed its leadership introducing the Tier 4A/Stage IIIB ECOBlue SCR technology to the flagship CR Series Twin Rotor combines, featuring the all-new SmartTrax system for reduced soil compaction, and to the TC5070 and TC5080 combines for farm operations harvesting up to 300 ha. The brand also launched the new LM5020 and LM5030 compact telehandlers for livestock and light industrial applications, with industry leading maneuverability and operator comfort. The line-up of combines with ECOBlue SCR technology has been extended also in North America with the addition of five CR Series and three CX8000 Series Super Conventional models. The Dynamic Stone Protection system is available as an option for CR8090 and CR9090 as well as the new Opti-Spread technology for an evenly chopped straw distribution across the full header width. The new 880CF SuperFlex draper head, available on both combine series, provides closer cutting and better flotation. The Agritechnica jury recognized New Holland's innovative technologies with five silver medals, in particular, the Braud 9090X olive harvester and the ECOBraud sustainable viticulture program, both also awarded by the SITEVI (international exhibition for the vine-wine & fruit-vegetable sectors) jury.